Nedeljkovic traded to Red Wings by Hurricanes for Bernier - NHL.com
|NHL.com 22 Jul 2021 at 16:18|
Nedeljkovic, who could have become a restricted free agent July 28, agreed to a two-year contract with Detroit. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 25-year-old goalie was 15-5-3 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 23 games for the Hurricanes this season. A finalist for the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, Nedeljkovic ranked first among goalies in GAA and save percentage (minimum 20 games) and tied for the rookie lead in shutouts (three) with Ilya Sorokin of the New York Islanders.
Nedeljkovic allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of his 23 starts and helped the Hurricanes finish first in the eight-team Discover Central Division. He was 4-5 with a 2.17 GAA, .920 save percentage and one shutout in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games, his only NHL playoff experience. The Hurricanes lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the second round.
Bernier, who will turn 33 on Aug. 7, can become an unrestricted free agent July 28. The goalie was 9-11-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .914 save percentage in 24 games (23 starts) for the Red Wings this season.
Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (No. 11) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Bernier is 161-159-39 with a 2.77 GAA, .913 save percentage and 18 shutouts in 394 regular-season games (355 starts) with the Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Kings. He is 2-5 with a 3.35 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine playoff games (five starts) and won the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2012.